Most law firms practice law. Only a handful operate as global companies, and even fewer invest significantly in cybersecurity annually. In other words, law firms, unlike many other companies today, often do not have robust cybersecurity controls, protocols and systems in place. While law firms over the past several years have started focusing on improving their cybersecurity controls, strategies and tools to protect client data better, there is still much progress to be made.
When cybersecurity measures are not up to par, firms inherently operate with the risk of not knowing whether their systems have been compromised. Recent cybersecurity incidents involving some of the larger law firms illustrate the extent of damage resulting from operating with subpar cybersecurity programs. These incidents also serve as a wake-up call for companies to audit the cybersecurity programs of their outside law firms.